This really happened!



Sitting slightly askew
a star on the mantel for show…
He felt that he should right it.
But little did he know.

“Oh I liked it catywampus!
Please don’t change my decoratin’
You see, things do look best
When they’re arranged a bit sigodlin.

Now furniture all chockablock
Well that’s against the law.
But to add a touch of whimsy…
You place stuff whoppyjawed!”

His saucered look began to melt
When our eyes did finally meet
And with a twinkled smile he said,
“This, I gotta tweet!”


6 December 2011

I looked up the spelling of catywampus, sigodlin, and whoppyjawed.  It is interesting to note that all three of these words do not show up in Webster’s dictionary, but are considered “southern colloquialisms” in some other, urban dictionaries.  I also discovered that whoppyjawed is supposed to be: whompyjawed.  But since I never said it that way, and having whoppyjawed in MY dictionary, I’ve left the spelling here.  Chockablock actually appeared in Webster’s dictionary.  It’s only meaning was “full”.  I grew up knowing it to mean “everything placed side by side in too much uniformity”.

0 thoughts on “This really happened!

  1. freebirdsings says:

    This one is too funny! I like things cattywampus too! When I showed a picture of a green chair and a purple one too, in my living room to my sister she thought I was picking which color I wanted to go with my red couch. I said, no way, I was having both of them! And I do! I did try to fit them middlish opposite of my couch so it wouldn’t bother everyone with being too askew besides mismatched colors, lol. I love your tipsy star. He’s got personality! I didn’t know your choice of words were real words. I thought you’d made them up in the poem. You can sure give the Jabberwocky a run for the money!

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